Evaluating your water includes 3 steps
1. Determine the general quality of water in your local area
. Find out if there are common water contaminants in your community. A 1996
Amendment to the Safe drinking Water Act states that public water suppliers must provide a Consumer Confidence which includes basic information about the
condition of their drinking water. To date, more than 55,000 public water suppliers have been required to issue their quality of water findings. See the
EPA Office of Ground & Drinking Water-Local Water Report
for information on water in your area.
If your supplier is not listed in the EPA directory, call your water supplier directly and request a copy of their Consumer Confidence Report.
the feel, odor, taste, and appearance of your water to help diagnose exactly what is in your water. Use our
Chart of Water Problems
to determine the contaminants in your water based on
the feel, odor, taste and appearance of your water.
3. Test your water
to confirm your findings. You can contact a
for testing, or you can test the water yourself with
a water test kit
Now that you have evaluated your water, you can learn more about the contaminants in your water and find a filter that will work to reduce the contaminants.
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